Bellany, John - Fisher lassie

Artist: Bellany, John
Materials: Oil on canvas
Dimensions (cm): 80 x 60
Dimensions (inches): 31.5 x 23.6
Signature: Signed lower right
Frame: Currently unframed
Stock No: MB12
Price: £
Provenance: Gifted to a close relative by the artist circa 1995

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Genre: Portrait, Maritime


One of John Bellany’s recurring subjects: a young fisherwoman from his native fishing village of Port Seton.

In this traditional religious – and highly superstitious – Scottish community, women were never allowed on the boats: to have done so would have been to invite bad luck. The women performed the unglamorous but essential task of gutting the fish and preparing them for market.